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WAPAKONETA — Aaron Kohnen divides his time between studying, working, and playing the trumpet and French horn, preferring the latter instrument’s tonal qualities, which are for some reason reminiscent of the Alps.“Playing the French horn is my hobby,” Aaron, 17, said. “I practice every day. It’s more challenging than the trumpet and it’s more mellow.“I also like it because it annoys the parents and scatters the dogs,” he added with a chuckle.Aaron has three dogs, a golden retriever, a mutt and a Chihuahua.He is a senior at Wapakoneta High School and member of the symphonic, marching, pep and show-choir bands. He has been playing the trumpet since the sixth grade and French horn since the seventh grade.“I prefer the symphonic band,” Aaron said. “The marching and pep bands are more about the crowd and students and school spirit. The symphonic band is more about the music and the pieces we play are more challenging.”Aaron said he has no preference as to the type of music he plays or listens to.“I really don’t have a favorite,” he said. “I like all kinds.”He did say, though, that his favorite musician is John O’Reilly, who is the director of the District III Honors Band. Aaron has participated in the District III Band for three years and has taken superiors four years in a row at solo and ensemble contests. Aaron plans to continue to play the French horn in college. He said he hopes to attend Bowling Green State University. He has not yet decided on a course of study but is leaning toward business.At the high school, Aaron takes several advanced-placement classes, which can lead to college credits, in mathematics, English, physics and statistics. He has a 3.9 grade-point average.“I think the classes I’m taking now are really preparing me for life after high school,” Aaron said. “Math is my favorite subject because every thing’s pretty much defined. There’s always a right answer.”Aaron works at Community Market and for fun plays tennis. He was on the school team his freshman and sophomore years.The teen is the son of David and Judy Kohnen. He has a brother, Adam, 19, and a sister, Jennifer, 28.

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